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Thermoformed clamshells

Polyfoam Packers (Wheeling, IL) has introduced 16 stock sizes of thermoformed clamshells with a J-hook merchandising option. Made of PVC, they are available in 15- and 20-ga thicknesses.
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Rotary lidding system

Model RO112HB is a rotary lidding system from Engineered Automation (Comstock Park, MI) that uses a continuous rotary design for accurate placement of snap-on lids.
Controls Product Brief
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Display case packer for pouches

The Key Display Packer from Key Automation (W. St. Paul, MN) can run up to three lanes of pouches received from a high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal machine.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
Here an operator has entered the intervention suit to make an adjustment in the area of the filler. The suit makes such adjustme
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Del Monte marries aseptic filling to sterile blow molding

By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
Materials Product Brief
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Static shielding pouches

Suited for products sensitive to electrostatic discharge, static shielding pouches from Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) employ Polyair's pink antistatic bubble for shock absorption, and a metallized polyester layer for shielding electrostatic discharge.
Materials Product Brief
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Blister packaging machine

Alloyd (DeKalb, IL) will debut its redesigned six-station blister packaging machine, offering faster cycle speeds and improved operator comfort. A side-loading blister magazine is now positioned above the eject mechanism on the outside of the machine, allowing reloading while the machine is in operation.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Bottle shape builds brand

Bottled water producer Avalon Beverage Company, Glen Allen, VA, is attempting to differentiate its imported spring water by switching from a stock to a custom proprietary PET bottle.
Materials Product Brief
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Continuous dual-heat band sealer

Model VBS-DH-10 is a continuous dual-heat band sealer from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) designed for difficult-to-seal pouch and bag materials.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tuscarora, Inc. (New Brighton, PA) acquired thermoformer FormPac Corp. (Sandusky, OH).
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Supplier news: International agreements

Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) has licensed technology from Mauser (Bruehl, Germany) to produce and sell an intermediate bulk container made from recycled PE in the U.S.
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Molding foam

Used with Instapak® foam-in-bag packaging systems, Instapak molding foam from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) is a .65 mid-density foam specifically designed to cost-effectively improve the packaging performance of mold-ed cushions.
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Pouches stand up for DuPont awards

For the second year running, stand-up pouches were prominent among winners in the DuPont Awards competition. Markets from around the world are represented in this 10th installment of the annual competition.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Berkley Packaging Industries (La Mirada, CA) has formed Berkley Medical Industries (San Marcos, CA) by acquiring thermoformer Schneider Plastics, Inc.
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Packagers still seeking help on electronic components

Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
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Supplier news: Achievements

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) won the '96 Governor's New Product Award for its PK4000 pouch machine, presented by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.

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